Insight from 2,020 farmers from across the country reflected enthusiasm for cover crops and—for the fourth year in a row—found a yield boost in corn and soybeans following cover crops. Multi-year data shows the yield boost increases as cover crops are planted year after year, a revelation that points to an appealing long-term benefit of the conservation practice.
Soil Management: Site Selection, Soil Fertility
This presentation, from the Oklahoma Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program, discusses the management of soils for market farming operations. It covers the basics of soil science (soil texture, pore space and compaction, water movement, soil moisture), describes the ideal organic soil, presents an overview of the functions and importance of soil organic matter, and reviews plant nutrition and soil pH.
Author: Warren Roberts, George Kuepper